Maryland LP nominates eight more candidates for 2018 elections

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Lauren Drew

The Maryland Libertarian Party nominated eight more candidates at its convention on March 10.

The Maryland LP now has nominated a full slate of candidates for federal offices for the third time in the last six general elections, going back to 2008.

Below are the candidates just nominated:

US House 3rd:                              David Lashar

US House 7th:                               David Griggs

State Senate 20th:                        Lauren Drew

State Senate 35th:                        Christopher Randers-Pehrson

House of Delegates 6th:             Michael Lyden

Baltimore County Council:        Doug Stanley

Harford County Council:            Matthew Chrest

Montgomery County Council:   Holly Harris

The Maryland LP now has 20 candidates on the ballot for the 2018 elections. Click here to view the complete list of 2018 candidates.

State Convention March 10

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Nicholas Sarwark

The Maryland LP spring convention will take place on Saturday, March 10, at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Annapolis, from 4:00 to 8:30 pm.

The Crowne Plaza hotel is located at 173 Jennifer Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. The phone number is 410-266-3131.

Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark will be the banquet speaker.



4:00    Central Committee meeting

6:00    Dinner

6:40    Maryland LP candidate for Governor Shawn Quinn

7:15    LNC chair Nicholas Sarwark


During the Central Committee meeting, we will be:

  1. Nominating delegates to the national convention in New Orleans, LA
  2. Nominating candidates for the 2018 elections
  3. Nominating officers to the state party Executive Board
  4. Debating and voting on any proposed changes to the state party program


Cost: $60 if paid by midnight February 28 (pay here or mail check to “Maryland Libertarian Party”, Box 176, Abingdon, MD 21009).

  • $70 after February 28th, online registration closes at midnight March 6th.
  • After March 6th email hidden; JavaScript is required via email for availability.
  • There will be no at-the-door sales.
  • There is no charge for only attending the Central Committee meeting.


If you have any questions regarding the convention, please contact Stu Simms at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Full details of the convention are in the upcoming issue of the Free?StateLibertarian newsletter, which will be mailed to state party members next week.

Two MDLP congressional candidates interviewed by Capital Gazette

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Dave Bishop and Jacob Pulcher

Maryland Libertarian Party 2018 congressional candidates Dave Bishop (4th district) and Jacob Pulcher (5th district) were interviewed on December 13 by the Capital Gazette.

“As a Libertarian, Bishop wants to shrink the role of government, with an emphasis on limiting the federal government’s involvement in certain areas, such as environmental protection or small business oversight”.

“Pulcher believes in weakening the impact government has on citizens’ lives. Pulcher hopes to reduce the country’s defense spending. Defense is an important part of what government does, but it is out of control, he said. He also wants to be more available to constituents and to combat the opioid crisis.”

Click here to read the article.

Maryland LP nominates five more candidates for 2018 elections

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The Maryland Libertarian Party nominated five more candidates for the 2018 elections at the Central Committee meeting on December 2:

  • Jenica Martin                 US House 1st
  • David Bishop                 US House 4th
  • Jacob Pulcher                US House 5th
  • Jasen Wunder                US House 8th
  • Tom Ashwell                  Harford County Circuit Court Judge

The Maryland LP now has candidates who will appear on the 2018 ballot for Governor, Lt. Governor, US Senate, and six of the eight US House seats, plus candidates for the General Assembly and Judge for the Circuit Court.

Click here to view the list of 2018 Maryland Libertarian Party candidates.

If you are interested in running for office in 2018, please contact me at (443) 310-5373, or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Maryland LP candidates have until July 1 to file the appropriate paperwork and filing fees to get on the ballot for 2018.

Bob Johnston




Holiday Party and Meeting to Nominate Candidates

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lpmd_social_graph_1200x630The annual Maryland LP holiday party will take place on Saturday, December 2, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, at the home of Robert Glaser.

Robert lives at 3213 Patmor Road in Owings Mills. Click here for a map of the location and directions.

Please bring a food item. Drinks will be provided. BYOB.

In addition, there will a special meeting of the MDLP Central Committee for the purpose of nominating candidates for the 2018 elections, beginning at 7 pm. If you want to be nominated for office at the meeting, please bring your voter registration card to the meeting. Candidates must be registered Libertarian prior to the meeting.

Full details are in the upcoming issue of the Free?State Libertarian newsletter, which members should be receiving in the mail shortly.

Contact me with any questions at email hidden; JavaScript is required or (443) 310-5373.

Bob Johnston




US National Oyster Festival in Leonardtown Oct. 21-22

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st marys oyster festivalThe Southern Maryland group and the Quinn for Governor campaign will have adjacent tables at the annual US National Oyster Festival on October 21 and 22 at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown.

Times:        Saturday  10-6     Sunday  11-6 

Cost:          $10 per person;  children under 12 free

Website:     http://usoysterfest.com/

Directions:  http://usoysterfest.com/?page_id=60

Contact Michael White at email hidden; JavaScript is required for more information.

Essex Day Festival

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The Baltimore County group will have a table at the Essex Day Festival this Sunday, September 17. 

Contact Kyle Wagner at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you would like to get involved.

Click here for more information on the Essex Day Festival.